Vascular Ultrasound Technology
Essential Functions / Technical Requirements
- Effectively communicate in English utilizing accurate and appropriate terminology in verbal and written form with patients, families, and members of the healthcare team.
- Accurately provide patient education.
- Utilize electronic equipment and medical record software.
- Distinguish blood flow characteristics represented on color flow and power Doppler.
- Observe variations in skin color, integrity, vascular pulsations, auscultate vasculature and blood pressure, and palpate peripheral pulses as part of the vascular assessment.
- Respond appropriately to activation/warning signals on equipment.
- Operate equipment requiring fine-tuning and adjustment of controls to obtain quality images and flow patterns.
- Obtain quality visual images (may require prolonged arm and body positions).
- Perform or assist with and/or transfer, lift, move, position, and manipulate the patient.
- Transport heavy, wheeled equipment and patients in wheelchairs and/or stretchers.
- Respond appropriately to changes in the patient’s status before, during, and after therapy and/or procedures.
- Customize examination showing integration of diagnostic ultrasound images, laboratory results, patient history and medical records.
- Evaluate, synthesize and communicate diagnostic information to the attending physician.
- Recognize and correct performance deviations in diagnostic imaging.
- Prioritize, organize, and utilize time-management skills to provide patient care in a timely manner.
- Demonstrate appropriate professional and procedural judgment decisions under stressful and/or emergency conditions (i.e. unstable patient condition, patient in an altered mental state), emergent demands (i.e. stat test orders), and a distracting environment (i.e., high noise levels, complex visual stimuli).
- Recognize potentially hazardous materials, equipment, and situations and proceed safely in order to minimize risk of injury to patients, self, and nearby individuals by referencing, utilizing and adhering to OSHA requirements such as MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheets) and universal precautions.
- Adhere to HIPAA, professional standards and code of ethics, Baker College conduct guidelines and clinical sites policies and procedures.